Does this cottage have one of the best views of Ullswater? We think so!
Wreay Barn is a delightful Lakeland end of terrace barn conversion
which was part of the original Wreay Mansions estate in Watermillock, a
former hunting lodge popular with the Duke of Norfolk. From its
elevated position, it commands spectacular views of Ullswater and the
dramatic fells beyond.
As you enter through the front door, the cottage hides the view that
lies beyond; but step into the lounge or dining room and all is
revealed. Once out on the balcony you will without doubt be back out
there again and again with the coffee and morning papers, relaxing in
the sun on a summer's afternoon, a pre-dinner drink in the evening
enjoying the ever changing light on the hills as the sun goes down; the
view is quite simply captivating.
Presented as an “upside down house” with the bedrooms on the ground
floor and the living area on the first floor, this property makes the
most of the views across the valley to Ullswater, Sharrow Bay and
Howtown. The owners have transformed the cottage to create a
beautifully presented, quality retreat which will no doubt form the
basis of many happy holiday memories for years to come.
Accommodation in detail
The cottage is approached down a small lane to the rear of the property
and the private parking space is right outside the front door.
On entering the cottage there is hanging for coats and jackets and a
handy bench with boot storage in the porch. From here a few steps lead
upwards to the living area or downwards to the bedrooms. No one will be
able to resist hurrying up the stairs and throwing open the balcony
doors from the sitting room and stepping out onto the balcony to take
in the vista, one of the finest in the Lakes.
Back indoors the living area is bright and airy with high beamed
ceilings and the focal point of the lounge is the feature fireplace
with log burning stove. The dual aspect dining area again offers views
to Ullswater and is the ideal place to socialise with friends and
family. The fully fitted kitchen offers all you could need during your
stay and is equipped with an electric hob, electric oven and a
dishwasher. The utility room is home to the freezer and washing machine
and offers plenty of space for storing outdoor gear.
On the ground floor, there are three bedrooms. The master bedroom
offers a king sized bed and en-suite shower room and from here a patio
door opens to the lower balcony with bistro table and chairs. The
second bedroom is a dual aspect double room and the third a pretty
single bedroom. In addition to the en-suite shower room, there is also
a family bathroom with bath, basin and WC.
The popular Brackenrigg Inn is located just ten minutes from the
cottage on the shore of the lake. This welcoming country pub serves
great home cooked bar meals and the beer just can't get any more local
as it is brewed on site at the Brack & Brew Brewery!
The property has private parking for one car and there is shared
parking for an additional car nearby.
Due to the height of the balconies, the owners regret that they cannot
accept children under 12 years old at Wreay Barn.
Wreay Barn is situated close to the small settlement of Watermillock, a
scattering of farms and properties near the popular village of Pooley
Bridge, at the northernmost tip of Ullswater. Pooley Bridge has a
selection of village pubs, cafes and shops for the visitors and is
popular all year round.
From the north there is easy access from the M6 motorway and A66, with
the cottage only 6 miles from Penrith. Wreay Barn is about half an
hour from the Central Lakes over the stunning Kirkstone Pass which
drops down into unique rugged beauty of Ullswater. Although welcoming
to visitors and outdoor adventurers, the area remains unspoilt and
peaceful and is quieter than the more central lakes.
Ullswater is regarded by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes
in the Lake District. Much of the lake, its shore and surrounding fells
are accessible for visitors to explore, where you will find some of the
finest walking, cycling and water sports including sailing and
kayaking, along with the amenities of the lakeside villages. One of
the most glorious walks in the National Park is the Roman road known as
High Street that runs along the eastern fells of Ullswater. Hiking can
be combined with a trip on the Ullswater Steamer which stops at Pooley
Bridge, Howtown, Glenridding and Aira Force. For those who like more
challenging walks, the surrounding area has some of the best walking
country in the Lakes, including Helvellyn, the third highest peak in
England with its precipitous Striding Edge. There are a number of
activity centres in the area including water sports tuition and hire,
adventure activities and bike hire.
Wreay Barn is within easy distance of Aira Force and Gowbarrow, a
National Trust property; a beautiful waterfall with woodlands and
landscaped glades and stunning views. Historic properties including
Lowther Castle and Dalemain House are nearby and the market town of
Penrith is a delight for local food specialities.Get the full listing »